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BMW Combo Doubles Tip # 6

March 28, 2006 01:21 PM

by USPTA Master Professional Fred Burdick
Dalton, GA.

In order to win we must break our opponents serve.  At the recreational level the second serve provides a real opportunity for the deuce returner especially if the server is right handed.  Practice lobbing over the net person but it really doesn't have to make it over him or her.  If you can just get them off balance you'll usually have an opportunity to win the point outright because of a weak overhead attempt.  If he/she gets it back you can aim for any open part of the court and hit the winner as they will still be off balance.  If the best of all worlds take place and it makes it over her and her partner has to run it down, you'll have a chance at an overhead provided you did your job and ran up to your service line and anticipated their lob.  If her/his partner is right handed they will be lobbing off her/his generally weaker side the backhand and if she/he has a two handed backhand his/her reach will be limited.  Warn your partner before you lob, get it over the net person and hit an overhead winner in the direction of the person closest to you and you take home the trophy.







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